"Crazy Beat" aka "Royal Family". Not for sale., 2003
A rare collection of no less than 107 color photographs taken in 2003 when banksy was painting the mural "Crazy Beat" aka "Royal Family" or "Balcony Family". All photos are unique and taken by Steve Lazarides. No front photos. We would never do anything that could compromise the real identity of the artist.
A similar single photo is seen in "Wall & Piece".
A unique and never before seen collection of photos documenting Banksy painting "Crazy Beat" in 2003. All photos by Steve Lazarides. Nor for sale. For exhibition purpose.
Provenance. Tony Stiles. During 2002 we (Tony Stiles & Tristan Manco) worked with Banksy and WHOA records on the 4 Badmeaninggood albums and in 2003 we worked with Banksy and Steve Lazarides, Blur and Parlaphone records on the "Think Tank" album and subsequent singles. During the Crazy Beat spray session the working priocess was heavily docimented by Steve Lazarides Banksy´s partner and agent at the time. There are no copies of this treasure. Some photos shows Banksy working. Seen from behind. No front photos.
Article from The Guardian 2009:
Council officials have painted over a Banksy graffito sketch from which a reworked version was derived as the cover artwork for the 2003 single Crazy Beat by the band Blur.
The artwork – a cartoon of the royal family waving from a balcony – had been left untouched on the side of a block of flats in Stoke Newington, east London, for eight years before Hackney council intervened last week.
Officials removed the sketch by Banksy – whose works have sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds – as his largest exhibition to date, in Bristol, prepared to close. The exhibition has attracted over 300,000 visitors since 13 June, raising £45,000 in museum donations, and is estimated to have been worth £10m to the local economy.
Banksy vs Bristol Museum featured more than 100 works of art. The notoriously secretive artist was reported to have been secretly adding new installations to the exhibition by night.
A Stoke Newington blogger known only as Kris broke the news of the artwork's removal.
She reported that council workers said they had told their employers about the importance of the artwork. "We knew it was a Banksy, love. It's a Stoke Newington landmark; we know that. We told them, but they wouldn't listen," wrote Kris.
The owner of the building, Sophie Attrill, told the Hackney Gazette that she was devastated when she saw the wall being painted.
"I looked out the window and saw what they were doing, so I ran downstairs and I told them to stop," said Attrill. Hackney council said it tried to contact Attrill before ordering the artwork to be painted over, but notices asking her to remove or cover up the piece had not reached her address due to the Land Registry having the incorrect contact details.
Alan Laing, the Hackney council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said the council removed all graffiti regardless of artistic value.
"Hackney council does not make a judgment call on whether graffiti is art or not, our task is to keep Hackney's streets clean. We made four attempts to contact the owner of the property to inform her of our intention to remove the graffiti," said Laing.
"We are now speaking with her about how to resolve the issue."
It's not the first time Banksy has had his street art removed by authorities. In October last year Westminster city council removed a mural from Newman Street in central London after the deputy council leader, Robert Davis, said keeping it would be "condoning" graffiti.
In 2007 a piece showing a monkey preparing to blow up a bunch of bananas at Waterloo station in London was painted over by staff.
Accompanied by a letter from Tony Stiles explaining his relation to Banksy and Tristan Manco when they worked on the Blur "Think Tank" album and singles. Gift from Banksy to Tijuana Design Studio (Tony Stiles & Tristan Manco).